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From Worms to Air and Beyond: Different Types of Composting Methods Explained


Do you ever feel guilty throwing away your food scraps and yard waste? Well, it’s time to put those feelings to rest and turn your trash into treasure with composting techniques. Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter into nutrient-rich soil that can be used to reduce organic waste and nourish plants and gardens.  Households, farms, restaurants, schools, offices, and places of business produce compostable materials. For example, food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, animal manure, and coffee grounds are all compostable. Composting is useful for making inexpensive organic fertilizers for lawns, gardens, and farms to accelerate plant growth.…

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Why are My Composting Worms Trying to Escape?

Worms in a vermicomposting bin sometimes try to escape. If it’s just one or two adventurous worms, you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you see worms clumping near the top of the bin, at the air ducts, or climbing out, something may be amiss. Let’s find out why composting worms try to escape and what you can do about it. Note: Worms are sensitive to the weather. If a low-pressure system or thunderstorm is moving in, the worms might start clumping and climbing. Watch for a while and see if this is the pattern. If so, do…

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How to Store Your Mealworms


Mealworms are an excellent food source for exotic pets like lizards, snakes, and skunks, as well as numerous species of birds. However, mealworms aren’t worms – they are darkling beetles in their larval stage.  Since mealworms are holometabolic insects, they have a metamorphosis phase, making it challenging to contain them in their larva stage. A slight difference in temperature can accelerate their transition to pupa and darkling beetle stages. And that’s when they lose their appeal to the birds and reptiles. Moreover, if mealworms don’t have enough water and food, they can die like any other nature’s creature. Although maintaining…

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Harvesting Worm Castings

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When you have a vermicomposting system, you periodically need to harvest your worm castings. Why? Because this nutrient-rich “black gold” is the perfect fertilizer for your plants! Harvesting also helps keep the worms healthy. You will know it’s time to harvest when most of your worm bedding has been turned into a rich, dark, soil-like substance of vermicompost and castings. So, let’s talk more about harvesting worm castings – let us tell you about some of the best practices when it comes to harvesting and how to get the best results. What Are Worm Castings? First things first, let’s explain…

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What Are The Different Types of Nightcrawler Worms?

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Are you looking to start your own compost or improve your garden’s soil health? Nightcrawler worms can be a great addition, but which type should you choose? Nightcrawler worms are earthworms that come out at night to feed on decaying organic matter. They are commonly used in composting and gardening, as burrowing helps soil aeration and nutrient distribution.  This article provides information about the different types of nightcrawler worms, their characteristics, and how they differ from other worm species. Understanding these differences will assist you in choosing the appropriate worm species best suited for your purpose.   Different Kinds of Nightcrawler…

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Composting Worm Reproduction: How Do Worms Reproduce?

Healthy composting systems are home to some of the most prolific breeders around: the Red Wiggler worms. Knowing a little bit more about how these popular composting worms mate and their ideal mating environment will help you breed a massive worm population and harvest more compost! Did you know that mature worms can produce two to three cocoons per week under favorable conditions in their worm bins? That’s a lot of baby worms, considering that from each cocoon 2-15 baby worms will hatch! If you want long-lasting sustainability and a large worm population, keeping your red wigglers comfortable and happy…

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What Can I Use For Worm Bedding?

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We can all agree that bedding is one of the most important upkeep elements in a worm farm. Adding at least some bedding on a regular basis is essential to keep your red worms happy and productive. Failure to do so can result in all kinds of problems, even death to your worms! It can’t be emphasized enough, then, how important it is to provide adequate bedding to your worms. But what kind of bedding can be used in worm farms? Well, we here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm know of many bedding materials that work really well!  You need…

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Starting With Worm Composting? Here Are 5 Mistakes to Avoid

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  Many a man is turning back to natural composting ways. Organic materials help create valuable soil amendments and can be used to improve plant growth, structure, and fertility. Composting is easy to do, cost-effective, and requires little space. Worm composting reduces household waste significantly by repurposing kitchen and garden waste. It is an environmentally friendly resource and can benefit surrounding wildlife habitats if prepared correctly. Composting worms, also known as red wigglers or redworms, speed up composting. Adding these creatures to your worm bin can speed up composting and create excellent fertilizer for your garden. However, new worm bin…

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Supercharge Your Soil: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Making & Using Worm Tea

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Worm-casting tea is a gardener’s secret weapon known mostly for its ability to boost microbiological activity in soil by adding bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, and protozoa to the soil.  What is worm tea, exactly, you might ask? Worm tea, also known as worm compost tea, is ultimately the end result of steeping worm castings or vermicompost in water. And what are worm castings? They’re an organic fertilizer produced from earthworms. If you are already worm farming and have easy access to worm castings fertilizer, then making worm tea for plants will be a breeze. If you want to start a worm…

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How Is Vermicompost Useful for Soil Regeneration?

Vermicomposting tower.

Also known as worm composting, vermicomposting transforms food scrapes and other types of green waste into a dark, rich soil amendment. Made of worm cast, vermicompost is abundant in nutrients and full of microorganisms that help create and sustain healthy, fertile soil.   If you’re considering enriching your soil with vermicompost, you’re at the right place. This article explores vermicompost, how it compares to regular compost, its benefits, and its uses. Keep reading to discover more so you can start your own vermicomposting journey. What Is Vermicompost? Vermicompost refers to the product left after worms eat and digest organic matter…

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